Professional and amateur photographers alike submit their best work for National Geographic’s annual photo contest
From a bustling Lunar New Year parade in New York City to a lone seal relaxing on a ice shelf in Antarctica, photographers have recorded the world’s many wonders and are now submitting their best pictures for consideration in National Geographic’s annual photo contest.
Below are just a few of the thousands of images already submitted for the 2014 contest, focusing on people, places and nature around the world.
Last year, the magazine received more than 7,000 entries from 150 countries with the winning image coming from photographer Paul Souders, who captured a polar bear emerging from under an ice shelf.
The contest remains open, and anyone wishing to submit a photo has until October 31.
The grand prize winner receives a $10,000 prize and paid trip to National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, DC for the magazine’s January 2015 photography seminar.
The first place winners in each category will receive a $2,500 prize and have his or her photographed published in the magazine.